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Lewis Hamilton

Magnussen keeps fourth in Miami after Hamilton clash

The Dane had qualified fourth fastest and has kept that position after a Lewis Hamilton investigation.

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Kevin Magnussen will keep fourth place on the Miami Grand Prix Formula 1 grid after Stewards cleared him of blame in the incident with Lewis Hamilton in qualifying.

In Q1, Haas driver Magnussen was slow at Turn 17, and pushed Hamilton close to the wall, the Mercedes pitting for precautionary checks.

Both advanced through to Q2, but Hamilton went no further and is 13th on the grid, while Magnussen posted a lap early in Q3 good enough for fourth on the grid - which was secured when Charles Leclerc's crash brought out a red flag and the session could not be restarted.

And the stewards have determined no further action will be taken against either driver - meaning Magnussen keeps fourth place, which is Haas' best ever starting position in a Grand Prix - if the anomalous Sao Paulo Sprint pole is disregarded.

Having spoken to both drivers, it was found that Magnussen was on a slow lap, as was Hamilton, with another car ahead of Magnussen.

"The unexpectedly high speed differential between the two cars resulted in Car 44 having to take evasive action to avoid a collision," explained the stewards.

"Given that neither car was on a fast lap and the fact that Car 20 had another slow car ahead of it, we did not consider either driver to be driving dangerously.

"Given that they were not on fast laps, there was no question of impeding either. So in the circumstances, we decided to take no further action."

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